Have you ever been labeled with a derogatory name that you just cannot seem to get out from under? Maybe you were branded as a child and were repeatedly called stupid, crazy, fat, ugly or some other belittling adjective. Many children are made to feel they cannot do anything right and we wonder why they … Continue reading Called to Development or Diminution?
Shortly after going to bed a fever began and by morning, I was throwing up. Twelve years ago, today, my dear husband spent the morning trying to coax me into the car sensing the need to go to the emergency room, yet, I just wanted to die. So then he thought getting the prescription of … Continue reading [Gospel Agent]
Celebrating & Remembering: This is the Month of our Wedding Anniversary and I’m sharing some old post that have been made new 😉 Learning and growing lasts a lifetime!
That incredible Friday, June 26, 1981, I left the church as Mrs. Rodney Alan Phillips! I could not wait for the night of becoming “Mr. & Mrs.” and now it was a reality. The ceremony was superb from the singing to the reading of 1 Corinthians 13, The Love Chapter, with the reciting of our vows thrown in. I just knew our love could survive through whatever came our way. I was 18 and he was 21, and the thought of making a home “free from disturbances” filled me with so much hope. And 1 Corinthians 13 solidified my desire for being on the receiving end of that type of sacrificial love. I fancied keeping the home while “Mr.” brought the ultimate sacrifice of warming it with that atoning adoration.
Shortly after leaving the church that night, we drove into the bay of a car wash in Kinder, Louisiana…
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Old Post with a New Message!
Have you ever been rescued from a scary plight you ignorantly got yourself into? Well, it is possible there were many, but one perilous circumstance took place while experiencing college life as a middle-aged teen. Being somewhat gullible and not to mention naïve, I allowed myself to be escorted by a guy I had just met. He seemed nice enough. But as his tour left the college campus and soon, with a blanket of darkness covering the sky, I stared over a precipice beholding a beautiful city ablaze in lights. After being “starstruck,” I became eerily aware of my surroundings which had faces gawking from behind paper-sacked bottles.
That night I literally felt God shut the mouths of Lions just as He had with Daniel of old (Daniel 6)! But Daniel was not in the den of lions because of any careless act! Daniel was in the Lion’s den because…
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I love to hear the waves and watch the foamy currents race across the shoreline! Going to the beach is an exhilarating experience. Especially exhilarating is to try and walk through the crashing waves while being knocked off my feet. Sometimes I giggle so hard it makes it impossible to stand back up. This reminds … Continue reading Slammed!
It has been one month, two weeks, and two days since she took her last breath. I had hoped to celebrate this birthday with her! I do not think I ever had the privilege of celebrating her March 12th birthday alongside her. Yet even more, I looked forward each year (since 2005) to her spiritual … Continue reading Sharon Kay Castillo Rion
I begged God not to take her! But she quietly stopped breathing, her pulse growing more and more distant until it was no more. “Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God” (Colossians 3:1). We have been given a command and yet we seldom are diligently, actively, … Continue reading Beggared or Refined
Our journey is narrowing but where we turn is the same. We’re thankful for the promise of His sustaining power (Psalm 55:22).
We’ve been dealt a hard blow. Life has changed and it may never, ever be the same. Through a pandemic that includes a cancer journey with my sister-in-law, through loss of jobs or finances for different family members and friends, through loss of caring for grandkids (like my sister is experiencing), or possibly losing the care of foster children after having them in your care for so long they think of you as their safe place (like a daughter is finding). These are hard times. My nephew sits in jail 3 years now and his spouse has regained the responsibility of raising the children. And, unfortunately, the system that works to get the children back to the biological mother doesn’t take the children’s care seriously. Where do we turn?
When many followers of Jesus left because they found His teaching to be too difficult, Jesus asked the twelve if they…
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You can never fully express with words the pain of one’s suffering, for the one suffering as well as those watching. God’s gifts, yes, even the gift of suffering, serve a purpose in our becoming Christ-like (Romans 8:29, 1 Peter 1:6-16). Jesus learned obedience through the things He suffered (Hebrews 5:8), Job learned how to … Continue reading A Hope of Rescue!
The last 41 days of 2020, which included Thanksgiving and Christmas, I spent over one thousand miles from home. I had mixed emotions when the idea first popped into my head back in October, but as it grew closer and closer, I felt the Lord confirming this radical decision. And, thankfully, I have a husband … Continue reading GUTS & GLORY